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Jake Hughes
The Paw Print

In local news, Trinchera Irrigation Company has proposed a task to improve Mountain Home Reservoir.
The project will help improve the Mountain Home Reservoir for people who rely on it for irrigation and recreation reasons.
The dam at Mountain Home in Costilla County was constructed in 1908 and is starting to age. Trinchera Ditch Superintendent, Wayne Schwab, presented an initial request for $25,000 from Rio Grande Roundtable local funding source.
In regional news, two men have been arrested in Boulder for the murder of missing Colorado man.Moises Cazareas, 26, and Russell Britton, 58, were arrested over the weekend for suspicion of first-degree murder of 25 year-old Nathaniel Tallman of Lafayette. Both of the accused have previous convictions.
In national news, Beer makers Guinness, Sam Adams and Heineken withdrew their sponsors from New York and Boston’s St. Patrick Day parade. The companies withdrew due to the exclusion of openly lesbian, gay, and transgender participants (LGBT).
Guinness made a statement from its Connecticut office that is has a strong history of supporting diversity and was hoping that this year’s rules would change.
In National news, a 4.4 magnitude earthquake hit Los Angeles basin on Monday.
The quake that hit Southern California was centered 2 miles from Encino and 15 miles west-northwest of the downtown civic center, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. USGS seismologist, Robert Graves, called it a “typical” Southern California quake as no major damage was reported. However, the quake was one of the largest to hit Los Angeles since the 6.7-magnitude Northridge quake that killed several dozen people and caused $25 billion in damage two decades ago.
In International news, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin signed a decree on Monday that recognizes Crimea as a sovereign state.
The result of Sunday’s referendum in Crimea saw 97% of voters back breaking away from Ukraine and joining Russia. Russia and Ukraine have signed a treaty to a military truce until March 21st, but offered no solution when the deadline passes.
However, Ukraine has stated it will call up a 20,000 large national guard. The European Union (EU) and US have followed through with sanctions that freeze assets and bans the travel of 21 Russian and Ukraine officials.
US President Barack Obama said in a press conference that Washington stood “ready to impose further sanctions.”

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